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Why junior ministers—and their resignations—matter

Attention has understandably focussed on Davis and Johnson but disruption lower down the system is causing problems

By Gavin Freeguard  

Every minister at the Justice Department has been appointed since the New Year. Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Archive/PA Images

Michael Fallon falling “below the high standards” of behaviour expected. Priti Patel’s plane home. Damian Green’s ministerial code maelstrom. Amber Rudd’s Windrush nightmare. David Davis and Boris Johnson’s Brexit double exit—the first resignation of two cabinet ministers inside 24 hours since 1982.

All told, we are witnessing the highest rate of cabinet resignations outside of reshuffles since the last 13 months of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

These will be the resignations that persist in people’s memories—big beasts…

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